California ordered to change the sex of an inmate

April 3, 2015
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Michelle-Lael Norsworthy

A federal judge has ordered the state of California to allow a prison inmate to undergo gender reassignment surgery. [LA Times]

U.S. District Court Judge Jon Tigar ruled in San Francisco that the state was violating Michelle-Lael Norsworthy’s constitutional rights by refusing to provide her care for a “serious medical need.” Norsworthy, a 51-year-old who is serving time for second-degree murder, was born a man but has identified as a woman since the 1990s.

If the gender reassignment operation occurs, it will be the first in state prison history, said Joyce Hayhoe, a spokeswoman for California Corrections Health Care Services. The surgery could cost as much as $100,000.

Norsworthy has suffered severe dyshporia, or dissatisfaction with her life, due to her natural-born gender, Tigar said in the ruling. The only adequate medical treatment for her gender dysphoria is sexual reassignment surgery, the judge stated.

The ruling also said that Norsworthy was denied the surgery because the Department of Corrections has a blanket policy barring transgender inmates from receiving reassignment surgeries.

Norsworthy began life with the first name Jeffrey. She entered prison in April 1987, prior to identifying as a woman, according to records.

Norsworthy was diagnosed with dysphoria in January 2000, according to the judge’s ruling. She is currently housed at Mule Creek State Prison, a facility exclusively for special needs.

The ruling states that the operation must take place in the near future.


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fishing village

I don’t want our citizens to pay for this. It is known that we pay such a huge amount to keep prisoners, their medical bills are very large. I hope someone appeals this decision.


BeenThereDoneThat

Ah our fine Judge’s and Lawyer’s continue to drive this country right down the SH*THOLE!!!


tomsquawk

Bruce Jenner should commit a crime then he could get it for free


Myself

Its gets better every day,just when you think we’ve set the bar at its low along come something else to set it lower, simply amazing.


Mariposa

No words in our English language are adequate to describe how repulsive and wrong this is. Please tell us, our most wise Federal Highness, if and when this surgery is performed, will it carry a “lifetime guarantee” in case Ms. Norsworthy isn’t 100% satisfied? What then? Total absurdity run amok!


Mitch C

I was born as a man, but I have identified myself as a rich, globetrotting playboy, will the state fulfill my money needs because I have a serious medical need to live a very lavish lifestyle?


achillesheal

I’m convinced.


shelworth

Please change as much of the Federal Government as possible in 2016! Please don’t elect Hillary for this is our future!


tomsquawk

just when you have seen it all………………..


SpeakTruth

Maybe they should threaten to do this to all of the prisoners!? I bet there’d be far fewer crimes if people thought getting their junk lopped off was the new punishment.